When I was a baby, my mother tried to feed me weet-bix and milk – which ended up on the floor and the bowl upturned on my head! So started an exploration for my mother to find foods that I would eat. Foods like avocado, apples, capsicum/peppers, vegetables, fish and lamb were welcomed in my little body.
Then came school and the ‘ease’ of sandwiches for my single mum that started my bread-eating and the poisoning of my body with gluten and sugar.
In my late teens I started my career in television/film/advertising – I worked and played hard.
By my early twenties I was struggling with constipation, piles, bloating, skin irritations and carrying too much weight. This was due to alcohol, bread, pizza, pasta, ice-cream, cakes, chocolate and biscuits – foods considered normal in the shopping basket.
My body was in extreme distress and by my late twenties had to have an operation to fix an anal fissure, caused by the poison of gluten, yeast and sugar in my body. The irony of that was that the surgeon said to eat bran flakes to keep me ‘regular’ – the worst possible thing for my body.
By my early thirties, I had not changed my diet and was obese, severely constipated, nauseous most of the time and exhausted.
I sought support with colonic irrigation/hydration and during this process it was suggested I get tested for candida. When the test returned with extremely high levels of candida, and a caution for diabetes, the doctor recommended a three month abstinence from gluten, dairy, alcohol, yeast/mushrooms and especially sugar.
My health improved dramatically, as did my clarity, focus and vitality – that was 2004.
The vitality I began to feel was supported tangible and the combination of my growing self-love supported the change to my eating and I have been exploring food and recipes ever since.
I have gradually lost about 15 kilos and went from a size 18 (UK) to size 8 over ten years – my exercise is walking, swimming laps and weights at the gym. I’ve been going to the gym for just over a year now and am really enjoying the program devised for my by the instructors. I prefer to exercise slowly with resistance and add weight when I feel I need it. And for the first time ever, I can say with all truth that I really love going to the gym – who knew?!
I’ve also noticed that changing my diet has supported my emotional healing from childhood issues. Allowing my body to remain clear has allowed issues to be felt and cleared without the numbing effect that some foods can have on me.
My career has reflected back the change in me and I am now a sought-after senior manager within the industry and feel confident, relaxed and bounding with vitality every day.
It’s easier and simpler than you think to eat well and work in a corporate environment – the practice is to love yourself more than the cravings
I am still learning every day what and how much feels right for me to eat and know that if I listen to my body, it’s usually spot on!
My intention for this blog is to give ideas and inspiration to other lovers of food to know that there is another way to eat that will build Love in our bodies and live with vitality and harmony
with love, Sarah